Journalism has become synonymous with blackmail in Cambodia. Growing numbers of reporters are combing the country for news, only to extort money from people who have broken the law in return for hiding their findings. 

Of 400 registered newspapers in the country, only 20 publish regularly.

Hundreds of journalists use their skills to uncover crime and misconduct - often in remote areas where illegal logging is rampant - and demand bribes to keep it under wraps. In recent times, journalists have been assaulted and even murdered in retaliation. 

101 East investigates the deadly route journalism is taking in Cambodia.

Journalists in #Cambodia demand bribes to cover up crime. They say they only target lawbreakers. Justified? #journalism #ethics #blackmail - Join the conversation on @AJ101East

Source: Al Jazeera